New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles preview

Giants look to beat Eagles, win second straight

10/25/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   74 respect

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride (center) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) as Tom Coughlin listens during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY SportsA team that is 0-6 has to start somewhere.

Odds are that the 2013 New York Giants are not erasing the first six weeks of the regular season anytime before the winter. That doesn't mean that they should even considering phoning in the rest of the campaign now that they know that a winless year is no longer a possibility. The Giants disappointed themselves and the team's fan base when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles at home back on October 6.

It's time for revenge, if for no other reason than for pride.

Giants at Eagles preview: Be prepared

One of the reasons (excuses) used to explain away New York's lousy performance against the Eagles a few weeks back was that the Giants weren't ready for a scenario that would see Michael Vick going down to an injury. There's no reason that should be the case this time around. Vick, who has been sidelined since getting hurt against New York, is expected to start this coming Sunday.

That doesn't mean that the Giants shouldn't be ready to see at least a little bit of Matt Barkley.

Vick getting banged up, even if he is actually 100 percent, is hardly a rare occasion. The New York pass rush, a unit that flashed some life against an awful Josh Freeman and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, will need to be able to adjust on a play-by-play basis if the situation calls for it. Losing because of a lack of preparedness is never acceptable, especially when dealing with a team coached by Tom Coughlin.

Giants at Eagles preview: Second chance at a big day

The stats say that Giants quarterback Eli Manning had his best game of the campaign against the Vikings, one in which he didn't throw an interception, found the end zone once, and finished with the highest single game completion percentage since the Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Manning's numbers don't tell you about the two or even three passes that should have been picked off or about the balls that should have hit WRs in stride but didn't.

Philadelphia is statistically responsible for the second-worst pass defense in the league. There's also the fact that Hakeem Nicks could be trying to show off for potential suitors one final time before the trade deadline. Manning may not throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles, but the opportunity is there for another solid outing.

Giants at Eagles preview: Prediction

The Giants are going to enter the Bye week at about 4:30 pm ET on Sunday. They'll be doing so as either winners of back-to-back contests and possibly two games out of first place in the NFC East (no, really), or as a 1-7 team 48 hours away from maybe trading a top wide receiver and unofficially raising the white flag on the season. New York had ten playoff games on the team's schedule before knocking off Minnesota.

One down, nine to go.

Neither the Cowboys nor the Washington Redskins have favorable match-ups this weekend. That only concerns the Giants if they can get the job done at Philadelphia. People who are casually brushing off even the idea that Big Blue could go on a run are forgetting one thing:

The NFC East is not at all good.

Vick should provide an injection of life into the Philly offense. He alone isn't fixing a defense that has been, when at its worst, nothing shy of terrible. The win is there for the taking for New York.

Giants win 26-24

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